1999 - Bluechips Established in Thailand
2008 - Bluechips Exhibits
2015 - Production Begins in New Factory
Bluechips Microhouse Co., Ltd. is given formal approval by the Thailand Board of Investment and is established in Lamphun, Thailand by Mr. Thomas Zimpfer.
Production officially begins in March with several customers working with Bluechips to fulfil their electronic production needs.
Bluechips receives official ISO9001:2000 certification to reflect the early growth of the company as well as our commitment to optimising our production processes.
2005 saw many improvements in our machinery with a new reflow oven, pick and place machine and milling machine increasing our capabilities substantially. In particular, Bluechips began to offer full housing manufacturing as part of our service.
Bluechips improved our processes by investing significantly into new machinery and software. LabVIEW and SolidWorks are implemented as well as several new wave soldering machines. This improvement is reflected in our ISO9001 re-certification.
SAP goes live at the start of the year to streamline our internal processes. Bluechips also introduces mould design and analysis, Automatic Optical Inspection and Rapid Prototyping to our service. Our experience in the HMI industry is reflected in the first offering of our own touch screen product.
Our continual investment in machinery and technology continues with the acquisition of further soldering, welding, flow and SMT machines. In-circuit functional testing is included in our service.
Bluechips exhibits at our first SPS IPC trade show in Nuremberg, which we have attended every year since.
In our tenth year of operations, our self-improvement continues with the company being awarded ISO14001 certification, highlighting our commitment to environmentally friendly production.
Bluechips invests in laser marking and bonding machines further ensuring that the company can provide products to our customers from consultation to delivery.
After a thorough design process, the official ground-breaking for our new factory takes place towards the end of the year – signalling a new era of growth for Bluechips.
The XD7500NT x-ray machine is purchased so that Bluechips can further improve our testing processes.
Bluechips invests in further automatic coding, die-bonding, vapour and SMD machinery.
A high volume of new customers leads the company to establishing a designated New Product Introduction department to specialise in the transition from R&D to mass production.
Factory approval is granted for our new facility and October sees the Grand Opening of our new headquarters and production facility in Chiang Mai.
Our first full year in the new factory marks several important milestones for the company; not least in the three official accreditations granted.
Firstly, the company is granted ESD accreditation for our entire factory floor minimising the risk of any electrostatic damage to the products we manufacture.
We are also granted SA8000 certification, meaning we provide a quality work environment for our talented team.
Towards the end of the year we also took the significant step of entering the market of medical devices with the acquisition of both the ISO13485 certificate and of several customers in the industry.
Bluechips invests in a new, permanent international sales office in Lörrach, Germany where our sales team can interact more closely with many of our customers.
A new Fuji SMT line is set up vastly increasing our production capacity and capabilities. A full cable line is moved to our Chiang Mai facility to enable faster production for our full-product solutions.
Going forward, there are many improvements planned for implementation. Our canteen and recreational area is scheduled for completion this year to add to the visually striking Bluechips HQ, 2019 will also contain our 20th birthday as a company as we look to celebrate the occasion with our customers.